On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Normal once more

Whatever it was, after eight days I was over it.

During that time I listened to a great audiobook, full length and a free download from our public library. Jeffrey Archer, former Member of Parliament and prolific author, wrote (in 23 days), of his first 23 days in a maximum security English prison.

PRISON DIARY was fascinating to me. I was interested in how a wealthy person, not your typical American prisoner, described his fellow inmates and observed the staff. Having spent three years making weekly treks to San Quentin's death row to visit a prisoner (who later had his sentence reversed to life in prison), I was interested in what Britain considers to be high security. There is no comparison! The kids in Juvenile Hall are subject to fewer privileges than maximum security, British style. Still and all, the book was a great read.

I went back to regular work hours on Monday. After seeing clients Demi, the Library Dog, and I went to listen to kids read to her. I'm enjoying that little time I spend with them. These are children I've never met before and would have missed had I not begged the librarian to let us begin this program. I chat with the readers, they pet the dog, and we all enjoy some kiddy lit I would have missed.

The over-the-top heat spell has dissipated so that we are now enjoying gorgeous summer days in the low 80s with cooler weather on the way.

My garden is flourishing. There are too many little yellow flowers on the tomato plants to count, a great sign of salads to come. The corn is now chest level but not yet tassling. We've already eaten most of the lettuces, radishes, carrots and beans. One lonely sunflower is over my head and we're waiting for it to flower. Summer is my least favorite season, but I do like the gardening!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you are feeling better. I have missed your posts !! Lovely art work today.


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